Lamar Jackson makes NFL history with huge day in win over Bengals
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Jackson didn’t hate running on Sunday
‘I’m trying to win’
If it wasn’t clear from the box score, Jackson admitted after the game that he’s not abandoning his running game.
“I’m trying to win at the end of the day,” Jackson said. “If I gotta run, I gotta do it. Today, that’s what it was. Sometimes I had to pass, sometimes I had to run. Came out with the W.”
Of course anyone paying attention to the Ravens recognizes that Jackson doesn’t have any intent of shutting down one of his most potent weapons. He entered Sunday with 308 yards through five games and passed Mark Ingram to become the team’s leading rusher with his new tally of 460 yards on the season.
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Arm’s pretty good too
Meanwhile he’s getting it done with his arm too. He entered Sunday averaging 254.2 passing yards per game with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 65.4 percent of hit pass attempts.
There’s a certain stigma around “running quarterbacks” that implies they’re not quite up to par in the passing game with the NFL’s top signal callers. It’s a stigma Jackson seems intent on shedding.
As long as he continues to progress with his arm as he has this season, that stigma won’t be a reality for Jackson. Meanwhile, he should probably keep running when it’s safe and the opportunity presents itself.